Sixteen-year-old Sloane is given the biggest opportunity of her life—a chance for a film school scholarship—but she only has less than two weeks to produce a video. She also has to work with Isaac Alexander, an irresponsible charmer with whom she shares an uneasy history.
Then comes a horrifying discovery: Sloane finds a bald spot on her head. The pink patch, no bigger than a quarter, shouldn’t be there. Neither should the bald spots that follow. Horror gives way to devastation when Sloane is diagnosed with alopecia areata. The autoimmune disease has no cause, no cure and no definitive outcome. The spots might grow over tomorrow or they might be there for life. She could become completely bald. No one knows.
Determined to produce her video and keep her condition secret, Sloane finds herself turning into the kind of person she has always mocked: someone obsessed with their looks. She’s also forced to confront a painful truth: she is as judgmental as anyone else … but she saves the harshest judgments for herself.
LAURA LANGSTON enjoys writing for children, young adults, and adults alike. She has won the Kobzar Award and her fiction for young readers has been shortlisted numerous times for readers’ choice awards such as the Silver Birch Award, the Snow Willow Award, the Red Cedar Award, the Shining Willow, and the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. Langston lives in Victoria, with her family.
“The Art of Getting Stared At is a great lesson for teens about pursuing your dreams while recognizing it's also okay to care about how you look—just don't let it define you.” - CanadianLiving.com